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From: Loyd <loydlin@aol.com> To: Teacher2Teacher Public Discussion Date: 2001091008:34:25 Subject: Re: Long division I have two examples of long division at the following web sites. http://members.aol.com/loydlin3/Ldivide.jpg http://members.aol.com/loydlin3/ldivide4.jpg I usually first approach division with something like this" 17 divided by 5: ***** ***** ***** ** By grouping into fives, it is easy to see that the answer is 3 and remainder 2. Some people use beans and paper plates to demonstrate this. Then, you should realize that division is just repeated subtraction. Thus How many times can we subtract 5 from 17? 17 5  12 (1 subtraction) 5  7 (two subtractions) 5  (3 subtractions) 2 Remainder is two The answer is 3 with a remainder of 2. Hope this helps. Keep up the good work. Tutoring is one of the best ways to understand math.
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